Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester in the coming month.
Bolton Food and Drink Festival
Friday 22 – Monday 25 August
This four day event is bursting with cooking demonstrations, speciality markets, live music, entertainment and family fun. The celebrity chef line-up this year includes John Torode, Gino D’Acampo, James Martin and Michael Caines.
Dig the City
Saturday 2 – Sunday 10 August
Manchester’s urban gardening festival is back. There will be nine days of gardens galore, pop-up picnics and masses to do and dig for kids.
The Manchester Picnic
Friday 29 – Sunday 31 August
Now in its fifth year and with over 25,000 visitors in 2013, the much-loved family food festival in Piccadilly Gardens will host a variety of gourmet pop-up picnic traders, alongside live bands, games and more.
Family mountain biking at the National Cycling Centre
Monday 26 May – Tuesday 30 September
Try fantastic, fun packed mountain biking in the heart of the city. Brilliant for families looking for an active, outdoor activity that everyone aged eight and above can get involved in.
Honour at Salford Quays
Saturday 2 August
This large-scale outdoor music, digital art and dance event on The Quays will offer audiences a window into the effects of conflict. Featuring hundreds of choral singers, this is a unique opportunity for communal reflection on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.
Bridgewater Summer Festival at Bridgewater Hall
Thursday 31 July – Friday 1 August
The Bridgewater Hall opens its doors for two days of music, art and discovery for all ages. This free non ticketed festival will take place outside on the piazza and in the foyers.
War Horse at The Lowry
Wednesday 23 July – Saturday 30 September
A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage.
Peterloo – Soldiers on the Rampage at People’s History Museum
Saturday 17 August
Famous local folk musicians Geoff Higginbottom, Martin Gittins and Bob Ashworth will perform their homage to the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester in 1819, live at the People’s History Museum.
Screenfields at Hardman Square, Spinningfields
Thursday 1 May – Monday 1 September
Head down to The Lawns for the ultimate al fresco cinematic experience on the renowned yellow deckchairs or new black double deckchairs (perfect for dates).
Up In Your Grill at Brownsfield Mill
Friday 20 June – Saturday 23 August
Ten free weekend block parties, with an ever-changing food, drink and DJ line-up based in a historic warehouse.
Tour of the Month
Town Hall Clock Tower Tours
Saturday 26 July – Monday 25 August
Observe the working mechanism of the historic clock and hear the bells of this musical tower chime. At the top you’ll see Manchester’s best 360 degree panoramic outdoor view over the roof tops and beyond, so make sure you bring your camera.
New Kid on the Block
Bringing authentic Thai street food from Bangkok to Manchester, Thaikun is an exciting new casual dining experience that will excite and educate your taste buds in traditionally rustic surroundings.